LEARN Academy is focused to bring high quality education at a disruptive price point to every student of Pakistan.

The current era of education as we believe it is high- tech and high-touch. Our purpose is to humanize the interaction of students and teachers with technology and provide for the most suitable custom program as per the student’s needs.

We believe when it comes to education, it has to be more than what comes out of a book. Hence we offer a variety of skill based subjects to the students to choose from according to their interests. Apart from the normal STEM based subjects, we also offer certificate based courses such as Coding, Entrepreneurship , Liberal Arts, App Development , Web Development , Communication Development, Leadership and Digital Media. All of the courses mentioned are skill based. If you observe the current trends in Pakistan you will notice an increase in the ratio of young freelancers working with international clients and earning a handsome amount. There are undergrads working for reputable companies as freelancers all of it based on their skills.

Parents have started to realize the importance of skill based learning and want to their kids out of the normal conventional schooling system. Other reasons they want them out is of it being extremely heavy on their pockets and also failing to meet up with the new modern ways of teaching. The same old heavy bags, bulk of homework’s, extreme competitive examination environment has put both the students and their parents under stress. on the contrary to those conventional schooling systems, they have found solace in online schools where there is no exam pressure, school timings are flexible, no transport or extra expenses, the kids are safe and sound at home, the parents are fully and completely aware of what goes on in an classroom and all in all are at mentally at ease with the environment.

However, when we talk about such a system we cannot ignore the importance or run it without our teachers or as we call them ‘Mentors’. We have our teachers trained in a way that they cater the students according to their own capacity. The teachers follow different teaching methods and customize it according to what the students prefer in a classroom. We believe every student can learn when given the right mentor. Our teachers are simply not there to just teach but also to mentor your kids. We believe that the bond a student has with their teacher is of the utmost importance and one cannot do so without it.

All in All if I have to sum it up, yes starting an online school and going against the normal conventional ways of schooling is not as easy as it looks. Mentioning all the things we did above we still cannot ignore the fact that majority of the students would still prefer physical schools over online school, the reason could be because of lack of awareness or trust on a system that physically does not exist but It’s all within a matter of time. There is no denial in the fact that Ed tech is the future and gradually with time this will be the new normal maybe even the new conventional way of school.

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Arshad Yousafzai is a Karachi-based journalist covering Education and Human Rights. He can be reached on Twitter @Arshadyousafzay

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